The Asian Cricket Council may have accepted Pakistan Cricket Board’s hybrid model for the upcoming Asia Cup, but there hasn’t been any official announcement yet.
So went to expect the official announcement? It is believed that the ACC would make the announcement after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League on May 28.
In this regard, ACC president Jay Shah, who is also on the Board for Control of Cricket in India, has invited other boards officials to attend the IPL final and to mull over Asia Cup on the sidelines.
It was reported that the ACC has accepted PCB’s proposal without any conditions, but the BCCI does not. They still want the tournament to be moved out from Pakistan to a neutral venue.
However, PCB is not interested in hosting the event outside Pakistan since it would affect its efforts to bring international cricket back to the country and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.
“The respective presidents of the Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka cricket boards will grace the IPL 2023 final to be held on May 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. We will hold discussions with them for outlining the future course of action in relation to Asia Cup 2023,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi had presented a hybrid model to the ACC, in which Pakistan would host four to six matches of the six-nation tournament at home and India will play at a neutral venue. The same venue would also host the remaining matches including the final.
There was no condition set on Pakistan’s participation in the October World Cup to be held in India, The News reported. The Men in Green’s participation still depends on the Pakistan government’s approval.
As for the neutral venue, India and other ACC countries are inclined to play the remainder of the tournament in Sri Lanka. However, Pakistan as a host country want UAE to be the neutral venue.
As a host nation, they have the right to get a proper return of Pakistan-India matches (two or three), and UAE would suit the PCB in this regard.
These matches are estimated to generate revenue in millions and if the ACC assures the amount, according to the report, then PCB will have no hesitation even to agree with Sri Lanka as a neutral venue.